Tech platforms are where public life is increasingly constructed, and their motivations are far from neutral
Written by Mike Ananny on Nieman Lab.
“Note that I haven’t asked: “What’s the impact of technology on society?” That’s the wrong question. Platforms are societies of intertwined people and machines. There is no such thing as “online life” versus “real life.” We give massive ground if we pretend that these companies are simply having an “effect” or “impact” on some separate society.”